I had applied to McKinsey a few months back and got rejected in the resume screening round. More recently, I got in touch with a McKinsey Partner through networking and shared with him that I was rejected in the resume screen, followed by asking him to advise on how I can strengthen my resume should I want to re-apply in the future.
When I mentioned that I got rejected in the resume, he said that he could have referred me and there would be more visibility on my application that way. However, two days later I reached out to him again and asked whether my application would be reconsidered if I resent my resume through him, or will I need to wait for 12-24 months before re-applying. He mentioned that I would need to wait for 12-24 months before re-applying.
Does a partner have the power to overrule a resume screen rejection at McKinsey? I feel like I read somewhere that they do, which makes me wonder if there might have been something I did/said during the rest of our conversation that might have made him decide otherwise.